Youth Ranch Rescues Animals and Foster Children

The Rugged Cross Youth Ranch invites foster kids to spend time in the wilderness.

Denalee Chapman February 04, 2015
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Located on 23 acres of borrowed property, the Rugged Cross Youth Ranch not only rescues animals, but invites foster kids to spend time in the wilderness, too. The ranch is a small non-profit that relies on the support of local businesses and individuals. The community comes together not only to support the daily needs of the ranch, but also to host fundraising events.  In January they held their annual Boots & Bling fundraiser which included entertainment by Nashville artist, Tommy Brandt.

On any given day one could find a group of foster kids helping to tend the rescued horses, donkeys, lambs, and goats. Or one may see the kids wandering through the wilderness participating in wrangling, hunting, or fishing.

South Shore News reports that the ranch was begun by a family of six in 2009. After spending some time volunteering at a foster care facility, their hearts were touched and they began the youth ranch. The ranch is always open to young foster children and to kids who have aged out of the system.  They will welcome those who need a break away.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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